Ok, I’ll admit it. If you told me three months ago that a soon-to-be 40-year-old, who didn’t play last year, and who only played in 44 games in 2013, would be the Yanks’ best hitter right now, 10 games into the season, I’d have thought you would be nuts.
But it’s a credit to A-Rod, and an indictment to the rest of the lineup if you will, that such is true.
After tonight, you wonder if he’ll be tested again after tonight’s game. I mean, a 477′ HR?
I hope he learned his lesson and is on the up and up. However, based on his past, I can fully understand those that may be skeptical. Heck, part of me is skeptical. I mean, it’s like a spouse who cheated on you. Do you really trust that spouse to be faithful again? There will be doubts.
Alex hit 2 HR tonight, raising his career total to 658*, two behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. The first HR was a 477 foot bomb. He had three hits, 2 HR and drove in 4 runs in the Yanks’ 5-4 victory. What happens when he gets two more HR? Who knows if the Yanks will cough up that bonus $$$$ or fight it.
A-Rod’s bomb (3) and a Stephen Drew HR (3) gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth. Funny, but Drew has five hits this year (5 for 30), is under .200 at .167, but 3 of those 5 hits are HR.
But in the bottom of the fourth, Adam Warren lost it, giving up back-to-back HR, a three-run and a solo shot, to put the Yanks into a 4-2 hole.
Credit to the bullpen for shutting out the Rays the rest of the way.
A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the game (4), a 2-run shot in the sixth, tied it up, then his RBI single in the 8th (after a Beltran single and a SB by PR Gardner) proved to be the game winner.
He had three of the Yanks’ five hits and drove in 4 of their 5 runs.
Warren 4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Rogers 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.
Betances (W, 2-0) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.
Miller (S, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.
The win puts the Yanks at 4-6.